HR Manager

Newark, CA

Position Description

We are changing the agricultural world with autonomy at Bear Flag Robotics. Our team is building a fleet of autonomous farming tractors and we are looking for an experienced HR Manager to support our growth. Bear Flag was acquired by John Deere in August 2021 and this position will be critical in helping architect and scale Bear Flag’s systems, processes, team and culture within the John Deere ecosystem.


Position description

The HR Manager is a strategic business partner responsible for HR programs to attract, retain, motivate, and develop Bear Flag’s greatest asset, it’s people!  As a leader, you will set strategy, budget and priority for HR initiatives at the company to support high-level company goals and growth targets.  As a change agent, you will actively solicit feedback from and communicate with all levels of employees and leadership to ensure they have the resources they need to be successful and are informed of policies and changes that impact their work and teams.  As an operator, you will create and execute projects pulling in cross-functional resources as needed, be extremely detail-oriented, timely, and organized in executing administrative duties under the HR scope, and proactive in looking for opportunities for improvement across the organization.  This role is an opportunity to wear many hats, develop leadership skills, and have a high level of impact on a rapidly growing technology team through implementing scalable processes and policies and working directly with senior leadership to set strategy and build a thriving company culture.


Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain performance management and talent review processes
  • Develop and implement compensation and rewards programs to ensure compliance, equity within organization, and market competitiveness
  • Maintain HRIS system and data, evaluate and implement new payroll system as needed.
  • Process bi-weekly payroll
  • Manage benefit enrollment, benefit plans, open enrollment
  • Develop, revise and implement HR policies and procedures
  • Assist managers in resolving employee relations issues; provide coaching and counseling to management and staff; collaborate with legal counsel on issues as appropriate
  • Lead and execute immigration strategy, ensuring employees and candidates feel safe and supported through the visa application and renewal processes (with support of immigration council)
  • Develop and implement onboarding programs to ensure a smooth and positive experience for employees
  • Drive diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Talent Acquisition- support recruiting process, candidate experience, putting together competitive offers etc.


  • BS/MS preferred in Human Resources, Business or related discipline.
  • 8+ years progressive HR experience
  • Understanding of various employment laws and their impact on HR matters specifically compliance CA state law
  • Demonstrated understanding of HR programs including compensation, performance management, employee relations, and employee/manager development
  • SPHR/SHRM certification a plus



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